Petite Planète Poster, 2006
Offset lithograph on heavy paper
26 x 36 inches
Chris Marker worked for the publishing house Editions du Seuil in the 1950s and, among other projects, he was responsible for Seuil's series of travel books, Petite Planète. Jason Simon, in consultation with Marker, collected every version of each book that Marker was directly involved with—either as editor, designer, cover photographer, author, or all of these roles together—and the publications were displayed at the cooperative gallery Orchard in 2006, as part of the exhibition Having Been Described in Words. After the show, Marker and Simon decided to produce a poster depicting the covers of the Petite Planète guides from 1954-64.
Simon has generously donated to Light Industry a rare edition of the poster, stamped on the verso with an image supplied by Marker: Guillaume-en-Égypte consulting his guide.
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